TRANSFORMING ADULT SOCIAL SERVICES – ACHIEVING A STABILISED AND SUSTAINABLE BUDGET
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
Across the country, Adult Social Services were struggling to cope financially with the increased level of demand for services and higher personal expectations of what should be available. Wirral was no exception to this trend. In order to deliver preventive care and maintain individuals in their own homes as long as possible, within the restrained budgets available to local authorities, a radical change was needed to the way services were provided, with a move to a much more individualised approach.
The Transformation of Adult Social Services in Wirral was the focus of a major change programme. The direction of travel was approved by full Council on 21 April 2008, with Cabinet receiving reports in March, June and July. The change process would deliver personalised services and support the Council’s strategic objective: To improve health and wellbeing for all, ensuring people who require support are full participants in mainstream society. In particular the transformation programme gave focus to the improvement priority to Promote Greater independence and Choice.
The Director of Adult Social Services presented a report which outlined the work underway to achieve a stabilised and sustainable budget during the period of transformation. Noting the pressures facing the department, the report provided details of action being taken across all service areas. Key efficiencies in the plan would require further decisions to be made by cabinet.
The Director’s report asked Cabinet to note the potential need for bridging finance of £3.4m in year one of the three year budget stabilisation plan in order to allow savings in place time to take full effect.
The Cabinet Member for Social Care and Inclusion welcomed the report and thanked officers for their hard work in limiting the amount of overspend in the budget.
(1) the continuing efforts of officers to manage within resources, recognising the high probability of overspends of £3.483m in 2008-9 and £0.761m in 2009-10, which are likely to require funding from balances, be noted; and
(2) the Director of Adult Social Services be requested to present a further report to its meeting of 6th November 2008 on options to stabilise the department’s medium term budget and deliver further efficiencies towards the corporate target.
Report author: Director of Adult Social Services
Publication date: 08/09/2008
Date of decision: 04/09/2008
Decided at meeting: 04/09/2008 - Cabinet
Effective from: 16/09/2008